25 March, 2015
Comments : 2 Posted in : Healthy Tips on by : WTG Tags: bloating, FODMAP, gas, ibs, kate scarlata
For those of you dealing with symptoms associated with gas, bloating and/or irregular stool patterns, there is finally some promising advice that may help you out.
The low FODMAP diet has helped us to understand that certain foods- short chained carbohydrates to be exact- may be poorly digested and malabsorbed in our gastrointestinal tract, often resulting in these painful symptoms. Cutting them out of our diet can significantly improve symptoms and provide some relief.
It is important to realize, however, that this is a temporary diet- a trial to see which foods are bothersome to you. The goal is to eat as liberal as possible without having significant symptoms. It is always a good idea to check in with your doctor regarding issues such as these.
The FODMAP categories include lactose (milk and milk products), fructose (certain fruits, honey, high fructose corn syrup), fructans (wheat, garlic, onions), galacto-oligosaccharides (beans) and polyols (mushrooms, sugar alcohols ending in -ol). Not everyone is sensitive to all of these categories. Doing a formal elimination of these with a reintroduction of each category one at a time can help you better learn which categories need to be limited in the future.
Our colleague, Kate Scarlata had an excellent website with great information and recipes. Check it out! Katescarlata.com
We decided to dedicate a cooking class to low FODMAP recipes. If you have already tried this diet or are interested in how it may help you, come join us June 12th!